It's been a while! But I got back recently from an Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources fellowship and thought I would share a few photos from the trip around Lake Erie. The topic was drinking water and the threats it faces in the basin from pollution, eroding confidence in public utilities, plastic pollution and ageing infrastructure.... Continue Reading →
I was thrilled earlier this month to appear on Focus Ontario to talk with TV's Alan Carter (a friend of mine from my reporting days at Queen's Park) on the latest report on the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes. Specifically, a report from ten American and Canadian researchers used computer modelling to... Continue Reading →
Corporate Knight's Winter 2016 edition includes a feature on the summer of 2015—Ontario's Asian carp summer. In July and September, researchers from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority found eight mature, fertile grass carp along the Toronto waterfront: three at Tommy Thompson Park and a further five during monitoring efforts at the Toronto Islands marina. From... Continue Reading →
When 2015 ends, Asian carp will be 106 kilometres closer to Lake Michigan in the Illinois River than they were to start the year.
Really fascinating piece from the DotEarth blog on New York Times about a new book on science and narrative from Randy Olson called 'Houston, We Have a Narrative." It contains a good writing theme lifted from Trey Parker, the creator of South Park, who revealed in the documentary Six Days to Air his editing formula: ______ and... Continue Reading →
What do you think? Does it work for me to write in the shrug to a piece of serious non-fiction? I like it.
In the last weekend of August my wife and I spent a soggy week camping at Bruce Peninsula National Park with friends. We had been once before, years earlier, with another couple I knew from school. Hiking along the Bruce Trail we stumbled upon the Grotto, an oasis of turquoise water and sharp, grey rock... Continue Reading →
I've started writing about environment issues in the city for Torontoist, an opportunity I'm really excited about. My first piece on 1.62 kilometres of provincially significant wetlands in the city, and how Toronto and the province are working to protect those spaces, went up earlier today. From the piece: Picture Toronto’s ecological landscape and its... Continue Reading →
It took me a while, but I've signed up with Goodreads. Funny thing is, I've been keeping a log of the books I've read in an old Moleskin notebook* since 2006, and it seems as if Goodreads is an online reflection of that with the added feature of allowing others to see what you're reading,... Continue Reading →